Asexual Reproduction

Asexual reproduction occurs when one parent cell produces an offspring that is genetically identical to it and each other. Asexual reproduction can happen in one of two ways. Either through vegetative propagation, or through a artificial propagation.

Vegetative prorogation can happen through:

1)  Root Separating


2) Grafting







3) Root Layering

root layering






4) Stem Growth

stem growth






5) Rooting







6) Genetic Extraction







Asexual reproduction can also occur artificially as well:

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Below are some examples of asexual reproduction through vegetative propagation. This was demonstrated in a home garden, and proves that anyone can do it. You don’t need to be trained farmers!

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Advantages vs. Disadvantages:

Like any process in life, there are pros and cons to any scientific cycle. In terms of asexual reproduction, the pros and cons balance each other out. The benefits of asexual reproduction include the fact that all survival traits will get passed down from generation to generation of plant. Also, because asexual reproduction only requires one plants, the energy level that is needed for an asexual plant to reproduce is kept at a minimal. The drawbacks to asexual reproduction include the fact that there is a lacking in biodiversity if a plant is selected to only reproduce asexually. Because of the lack of biodiversity, the species of the plant can wipe out a lot faster should an environmental disaster in our ecosystem occur.

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